Ex-Rocket Steve Francis charged with threatening officer

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2007, file photo, Houston Rockets' Steve Francis smiles during a news conference announcing an endorsement deal with ANTA Sports Products Limited, a company based in China, in Houston. Prosecutors say Francis was arrested Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in the Houston-area and is charged with retaliation and DWI. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

By Associated Press, Source MSN Sports

HOUSTON — Former NBA all-star Steve Francis has been charged with felony retaliation after prosecutors say he threatened to assault a Houston-area deputy during a traffic stop.

Court records show the 39-year-old Francis also faces a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge stemming from the Saturday incident. Online jail records show he was released on $5,500 bond. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

KHOU-TV reports Francis was pulled over in Harris County, Texas, for speeding. The station says a deputy smelled alcohol and Francis was belligerent. The report says more deputies were called to the scene and Francis was arrested. Authorities say no deputies were assaulted.

No attorney is listed for Francis in online court records.

Francis played for 11 seasons in the NBA, including seven in Houston.

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